Read about some of our previous customers and their Recovery and Transportation Vehicles
New TRUK California Ultra Low 350 on Iveco Daily Day Cab for MKR
New TRUK California Low Approach 350 on Iveco Eurocargo Day Cab for CLEANSPARES
NEW TRUK FOR HEADS OF THE VALLEY SALVAGE
A new Mercedes Atego 1524 15 tonnes GVW, fitted with a Hiab 071 and a new Truk six tonne California Slideback with a two tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift, has just joined the fleet of Heads Of The Valley Salvage, of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
Heads Of The Valley Salvage Ltd is a family owned business that has been established since the early sixties. They have an Authorised Treatment Facility and specialise in the environmentally friendly disposal of scrap cars. A contract with the local council to collect abandoned cars and their work on behalf of cartakeback.com and Autogreen.org keeps them busy. They can process up to one hundred cars a week.
The new Mercedes Crane / Slideback combination will be used to collect cars before they are processed. Colin Williams, the managing director is delighted with his new six tonne Californian Slideback. “It’s a great body, very strong, and Truk’s after sales service is excellent. We had a small problem and they sorted it out straight away. I’d recommend them to anyone.”
LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSPORTER FOR MONS MOTORS
Mons Motors, who have eight dealerships, selling Ford, Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda cars throughout South Wales have just bought a new lightweight aluminium transporter body from Truk.
The new transporter fitted to a Ford Transit 3.5 tonne GVW chassis, which Mons Motors supplied, was specified with a whole host of options including a full width floor, a 16″ bar light fitted on an extendable headboard frame, a 6000lb electric winch with a cable remote control and a crash barrier.
Mons Motors will use the new vehicle to transfer cars between their many car dealerships and also to collect and deliver customer’s cars.
Jeff Cleverly, the Managing Director of Mons Motors specified the new Truk body and is pleased the result. “We run several Truk Slidebacks and were pleased to learn that Truk made a lightweight aluminium transporter for 3.5 tonne chassis. We have been using it for several weeks now and it’s performing well. We have always liked Truk products and are more than happy with this new lightweight transporter.”
Truk aluminium transporter bodies have a design capacity of two or two and half tonnes, depending on the GVW of the chassis, and great care has been taken to keep loading angles to a minimum. Cars are loaded and unloaded using a pair of slide out aluminium ramps having a total SWL of 3.2 tonnes.
LINDE CASTLE’S NEW TRUK SLIDEBACK
Truk has supplied a sixteen tonne capacity Slideback to Linde Castle, the people who hire and sell lift trucks. Linde Castle has been a customer of Truk’s for many years.
The Slideback has been custom built by Truk to suit Linde Castle’s specific requirements. The 8.5m (28′) Body by 2.5 m (8′ 2″) wide body has a hardwood floor, rather than steel, to provide grip when loading lift trucks. It was also specified to have such things as a Flyer instead of the standard short headboard, which is more popular on the sixteen tonne capacity Slidebacks. A Superwinch 5000lb winch was fitted and two stainless steel toolboxes at the headboard and nearside of the chassis. To make it easier for the driver to climb up on the bed when the body is in its travelling position, a short slide out aluminium ladder has been fitted to the near side. The chassis is new 26 tonne gross Volvo FE.
NEW 10 TONNE SLIDEBACK FOR FMS
FMS Recovery, of Aldenham, in Hertfordshire, have recently taken delivery of a new Iveco Eurocargo 18 tonne day chassis fitted with a Fassi F230XP hydraulic crane and a Truk 7.6m (25′) long custom built 10 Tonne Slideback with a 2.5 tonne Spectacle lift.
The owner of FMS Recovery, Chris Baker, wanted a new 10 tonne Slideback custom built exactly to his specification. The new Truk Slideback incorporates all that Chris wanted which amongst other things included, full radio remote control on the body, spectacle lift and winch, removable and adjustable wheel frames for the 2.5 tonne spectacle lift, a 5000kg winch, three toolboxes, special keyhole slots in the floor and even four ISO Twists Locks so it can carry a 20′ container.
Chris is very pleased with his new Slideback, “This vehicle will be a great asset to our expanding fleet. The people at Truk were great to work with. They went out of their way to make sure I got exactly what I wanted and the vehicle was completed well within the time frame, to a very high standard. They were a great help and kept me up to date every step of the way, nothing was too much trouble for them. I’m very pleased with the result and I would recommend them to anyone.”
FMS Recovery, are an authorised treatment facility ELV (End of life Vehicle) site with a direct link to DVLA and work closely with the police, local authority, fire services and the DVLA. They are specialist in removing abandoned vehicles. Established in 1957 they have over 50 years experience in recycling all types of metal, and have built a great reputation for a reliable and efficient service. They are one of the largest ELV companies in Hertfordshire.
TWO NEW TRUKS FOR RECLAMET
Reclamet Ltd, of south east Kent have taken delivery of two new trucks to cope with increased demand for the collection of end of life vehicles. The first is a Mercedes 818 and the second is an Isuzu NQR, both are 7.5 tonne gross and are fitted with Truk ‘California’ Slidebacks with second car spectacle lifts.
Recalmet, who have been established for twenty years, are a fully licensed depollution plant under the end of life directive and also sell second hand car parts to the public. They collect between 200 /250 cars a week. These are collected by a fleet of five collection vehicles, four of which are Truk Slidebacks. Within a hundred mile radius they offer a free collection service to the general public and, because the price of scrap has increased so much in the last year, make a cash payment for the car to the owner.
Tony Wilkinson, the Managing Director of Reclamet said “Slidebacks are ideal for the type of work we do because they are fast and easy to use. Truk’s ‘California’ Slidebacks have proved themselves to be very reliable over the many years we have been buying them and that’s why we went to them again for the last two. We are very pleased with them; they are built to a very high standard.”
TWO NEW ISUZU FOR ALBERT ROAD SERVICE STATION
Albert Road Service Station Ltd, of Romford, in Essex, have added another two new Isuzu NQR 7.50 tonne GVW, manual gearbox, day cab chassis fitted with Truk ‘California’ Slidebacks with second car spectacle lifts to their fleet.
Albert Road Service Station, are expanding their fleet of recovery vehicles to keep pace with their customers’ growing needs. Mike Morrison, the managing director, says. “As a hire company quality and reliability are very important to us and that’s why we buy Isuzu chassis fitted with Truk ‘California’ Slidebacks, we think it’s an unbeatable combination. Both are top quality products and have proved themselves over long periods of time to be very reliable.”
Albert Road Service Station, offer a 24 hour recovery service and recovery vehicle rental. They also work for some of the recovery clubs and have a very busy fully equipped workshop where they MOT and service cars and light commercials up to 3.5 tonne GVW.
ANOTHER TRUK FOR VICTORIA RECOVERY
Victoria Recovery, a thriving recovery company based in Yate, near Bristol, have added another vehicle to their growing fleet, an Isuzu NQR 7.5 tonne crew cab fitted with a Truk ‘California’ TSC275 Slideback with a second car spectacle lift and a whole host of optional extras.
Victoria Recovery, who have been in business for over twelve years, provide a roadside assistance and recovery service for many of the major clubs such as the AA, Green Flag and Mondial. They have also successfully operated the Police Contract for Avon and Somerset Police for the north of Bristol for the past three years.
Lee Ricciardi one of the Directors of Victoria Recovery specified the new vehicle and chose the Isuzu because “It has always been our preferred choice due to its reliability and build quality.” Lee has a long relationship spanning many years with Truk “We have had a fantastic relationship with Truk over the years and they have always given us terrific service. We have always bought quality equipment and they have always been our preferred supplier. Their quality of build is first class and I would recommend them to any one.”
The new Isuzu / Truk California Slideback will join their existing fleet of twelve vehicles that range in size from 6.5 tonne Spectacle Lifts to a large Accident Recovery unit with a powerful crane.
NEW THREE CAR CARRIER FOR MANOR AUTO SALVAGE
Manor Auto Salvage, of Trillick, County Down, Northern Ireland, have taken delivery of a new DAF LF 45, 10 tonne GVW, 5m wheelbase, day cab chassis fitted with a 7m (23′) Truk four tonne ‘California’ Slideback with a two tonne lie flat Overhead Car Carrier and Second Car Spectacle Lift.
The new truck will increase the number of trucks in Manor Auto Salvage’s fleet to five. All of the five trucks are used to collect scrap cars, from all over Ireland, that are then returned to their premises where they are broken and the usable parts sold. A lot of their work is carried out on behalf of the National Farmers Union in Ireland.
Manor Auto Salvage is a family owned business that has been established for fifteen years. The owner Kevin Monaghan, has spent a great deal of time effort and money in improving the service they give to their customers. This addition of another new vehicle to their fleet is a good example of the investment they are making.
Kevin is very pleased with his new Truk Slideback. “This is the first Truk Slideback I’ve bought and I’m more than happy with it. It’s built to very high standard and is working well.”
NEW TEN TONNE TRUK SLIDEBACK FOR G J COMMERCIALS
G J Commercials Ltd, a rapidly expanding fleet and commercial repair company based in Bristol, have purchased a new Truk (8.2m) 27′ ten tonne capacity Slideback, fitted to an Iveco Eurocargo 180E 25S, eighteen tonne chassis on low profile wheels and tyres.
From their Bristol base G J Commercials provides a comprehensive, one-stop shop for fleet and commercial vehicle maintenance in the South West. They handle vehicles of all sizes from small vans to 32 ton trucks, and have a wide range of onsite diagnostic and repair facilities. They also have a fleet of eight fully equipped vans and can repair and maintain customers’ vehicles anywhere in the South West. Their vehicle recovery service can handle vehicles weighing up to seven and half tonnes. They have many happy local and national customers.
Gary Case, one of the directors of G J Commercials specified the truck and is pleased with the finished result. “I went to Truk because they have many years experience of building quality Slidebacks and I wanted a top quality job. And that’s what I’ve got. I’m very pleased with the finished job. The people at Truk could not have been more helpful.”
NEW TRUK FOR FERRIS RECOVERY OF CORNWALL
Ferris Recovery, of Cornwall, has added another vehicle to their fleet. The new Isuzu 7.5 tonne chassis was supplied by their local Isuzu dealer Trevor Harvey and Sons, of Redruth in Cornwall. Truk supplied one of their ‘California’ Slidebacks with a Second Carl Lift with a special wide body to Ferris’s dimensions.
Trevor Harvey must have liked what they saw from Truk, because a week after the California Slideback was delivered they ordered a California Slideback complete with full radio remote control from Truk for themselves.
NEW THREE CAR TRUK FOR KENDALL CARS
Kendall Cars Ltd, have bought a new MAN TGL 12.210 with an automatic gearbox to which Truk have fitted a 7.31m California TSC600, six tonne capacity Slideback fitted with a two tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift and a Lie Flat Overhead Car Carrier
Kendall Cars Ltd, is a thriving family run, car and commercial hire business which has its head office in Guilford. It has seven depots from which they hire all types of vehicles ranging in size from small cars to eighteen tonne gross commercial vehicles. Established for over thirty years they have an enviable record for delivering a high level of customer satisfaction.
This is the sixth generation of Truk Slidebacks Kendall Cars have bought. Steve Holloway, who looks after their Ash branch which is where all the movements and collections are done from said, “I’m most pleased with the new Truk Slideback. Over the years Truk have always given us a great service and I have the utmost respect for them as a company, they couldn’t be more accommodating. And the improvements they have made to the Slidebacks since the last one we bought are very impressive. I wouldn’t consider going else where for my Slidebacks.”
TWO NEW ISUZU FOR ALBERT ROAD SERVICE STATION
Albert Road Service Station Ltd, of Romford, in Essex, have added two new Isuzu NQR 7.50 tonne GVW, automatic gearbox, crew cab chassis fitted with Truk ‘California’ Slidebacks with second car spectacle lifts to their fleet.
Albert Road Service Station, are a long established company who are expanding their fleet of recovery vehicles to keep pace with their customers’ growing requirements. Mike Morrison, the managing director, has a firm commitment to quality and customer service. “We want to give our customers the best possible service and that means we have to buy the best quality equipment. These two new trucks show our commitment to do this. We like the Isuzu chassis because they are reliable, and we think the Truk ‘California’ Slidebacks are the best on the market. We have used them for many years; they are very reliable and the service when we have needed it has been excellent. They are also nice people to do business with.”
Albert Road Service Station, offer a 24 hour recovery service and work for some of the recovery clubs. They also have a very busy fully equipped workshop where they MOT and service cars and light commercials up to 3.5 tonne GVW.
‘MONTANA’ TWIN DECK FOR ARC RECOVERY
ARC Recovery Ltd, a well established company based in Gloucester, have taken delivery of a new 12 tonne Iveco ML120 EL 18P, chassis fitted with a Truk four tonne capacity ‘Montana’ Twin Deck Transporter with a Lie Flat Overhead Car Carrier.
This new covered vehicle joins ARC Recovery’s existing fleet of transportation and recovery vehicles. They wanted a vehicle which would carry two luxury cars such as Bentleys and low ground clearance sports cars as well as more common vehicles and vans. ARC Recovery, specialise in offering car dealers and private individuals covered delivery and recovery “anywhere anytime.” From their new premises they also offer a tailored “store and use” service for luxury cars..
Truk solution to the problem of loading and unloading Astons and Bentleys was to specify a special low height chassis with air suspension and to design the body, tailboard and extension ramps to form an initial loading angle of less than three degrees. Andrew Phipps, one the owners of ARC says, “We are very pleased with Truk’s design of this unique body, it works well. Even before we placed our order Truk did a lot of design work to develop what has turned out to be an excellent body.”
NEW ACCIDENT UNIT FOR DAVID TAYLOR GARAGES
David Taylor Garages, of Crickhowell, Powys, have added a new Mercedes eighteen tonne GVW accident unit to their fleet. The Mercedes is fitted with a sixteen tonne metre Hiab crane and a Truk ‘California’ 7.3m (24′) six tonne Slideback with a two tonne spectacle lift.
David Taylor Garages have been established for over thirty five years and their main garage is in Crickhowell, from where they sell the Izuzu and Ssangyong ranges as well as new and used cars. Their fleet of Mercedes recovery vehicles also operates from there. They have two police contracts, for Dyfed/Powys, and Gwent, which they have held for thirty years and four years respectively.
The new Truk Slideback has been built to a very high specification and includes such options as a hydraulic winch fitted to the front of the cab, full radio remote control for the Slideback and spectacle lift, hydraulically extending ramps and even a rear view colour camera.
Gene Taylor, a director of David Taylor Garages is pleased with the finished vehicle. “It was important to me that the vehicle was built to my exact specification, it was and I’m very pleased with the finished result. It will do everything I want it to do.
NEW DAF TRUK FOR JOHN WADEY ACCIDENT REPAIRS
J M Wadey Accident Repairs, of Bury, nr Pulbourgh, in West Sussex have taken delivery of a new DAF LF FA 45 fitted with a Truk ‘California’ Slideback and Spectacle Lift.
J M Wadey Accident Repairs, an independent, family owned company, have been established for over thirty years. They have a thriving business and are approved by, and carry out repair work for, all the leading insurance companies. They repair cars and light commercials and have three specially equipped ovens capable of handling high top vans. They also employ a person who specialises in the repair of GRP (fibreglass) which is quite rare.
John Wadey, a director of J M Wadey Accident Repairs, wanted a vehicle with a high quality image which would reflect the high quality of work they provide to their customers. John even went to the extra expense of having the vehicle painted a stunning metallic silver. “I’m very pleased with the finished vehicle it looks fantastic, very stylish, and projects the quality image I was hoping to achieve. I’m also impressed with the Truk ‘California’ Slideback it’s a top quality Slideback”. The new DAF Truk Slideback will join their existing fleet and be used to collect and deliver customers cars.
FOUR AT A TIME FOR YALPERTON AUTOS
John Denbow, the owner of Yalberton Autos Torbay Ltd, wanted a vehicle that could carry four cars. His idea was to wait until he had four cars to be delivered up north and then use one vehicle to deliver them all. That same vehicle could then collect his own courtesy cars or loads for other recovery companies and deliver them back down south.
John looked at various manufacturers and finally decided on Truk. The specification was for an 18 tonne Scania sleeper cab chassis with air suspension, which was to be fitted with a Truk ‘California’ TSC400 4 tonne capacity Slideback, a 1.5 tonne Overhead Car Carrier and a 1.5 tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift.
John has been using the new vehicle for a few weeks now and is very pleased with the concept. “Since buying it we have picked up another two contracts, so it’s keeping very busy.” He is also pleased with his new Truk four car carrier, “I am extremely pleased with it, the finish is outstanding, and the overall quality of build is excellent.”
Yalberton Auto’s, new four car transporter will operate from their base in Paignton, Torbay. They have been in business for twenty one years, work for all the major clubs and operate a fleet of fourteen vehicles.
GOWER AUTOS BUY TRUK
Gower Autos Ltd, have added an Iveco Eurocargo 75E 17 day cab fitted with a Truk TSC350 California / 2 Slideback to their fleet.
Gower Autos Ltd, of Swansea, is a long established Accident Repair Centre which repairs cars and light commercials up to 7.5 tonnes GVW. They work for all the major clubs as well doing a lot of work for the general public and the new Truk California Slideback is an addition to their fleet.
The Truk California / 2 Slideback has a 3.5 tonne design capacity and a built in low approach angle, to help load cars with low spoilers. It is also has a 1.5 tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift and has the new Truk safety feature of a pair of a pair of red LED’s lights mounted in tubes at the rear of the body.
Cliff Doel, a Director of Gower Autos, was very enthusiastic about the new Slideback. “I looked at a lot of different Slidebacks and the Truk California was by far the best. Since we have taken delivery I have been very impressed with how it is made and the quality of build, it also looks very smart. It’s a superb body and it was delivered on time.”
A B DYNE BUY TRUK
A B Dyne, have added a new Iveco Daily 65C 17 day cab fitted with a Truk, TSC275 California / 2 Slideback to their fleet. Truk supplied the Iveco chassis and California Slideback as complete package.
A B Dyne, of London, has been established for over 60 years. One of their main businesses today is a very busy Accident Repair Centre based in West Hampstead, from which they offer a 24 hour recovery service.
The Truk California / 2 Slideback TSC275 has a 2.75 tonne design capacity and a built in low approach angle, to help load cars with low spoilers. It is also has a 1 tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift.
Matthew Wright, of A B Dynes, bought the vehicle to reduce the amount of they were spending on subcontractors. ” I had a small problem with it just after I collected it and I was very impressed with Truk’s response. They couldn’t have been more helpful in sorting out what was a very minor problem. I am also pleasantly surprised by the high standard of build quality of the California Slideback.”
NEW SPECTACLE LIFT FOR D & L DAVIES
A new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter fitted with a Truk 2.5 tonne Swan Neck Spectacle Lift, has been put into service by D & L Davies, of Aberaeron, Dyfed. This new vehicle will join their existing fleet of six vehicles, which includes an Accident Unit.
D & L Davies is a long established family run business which, apart from its very busy recovery operation, also has a well equipped garage where they service and repair motor cycles, cars and light commercials up to 3.5 tonnes. They also have a fully equipped MOT centre.
D & L Davies work for all the major recovery clubs. They are often asked to recover motorcycles, which is why the new Truk spectacle lift is equipped with a Truk Bump Lock Motor Cycle Carrier. This is stored in one of the body lockers in pieces until when needed, when it can easily be assembled to lay along the length of the spectacle lift Boom. “Our drivers love this bit of kit” said David Davies, the owner, “it’s so easy to use”.
David is also enthusiastic about the build quality of the Truk spectacle lift and body. “Truk’s quality of build has exceeded my expectations. The body is brilliant, it has huge lockers and the spectacle lift is terrific. Also the service from start to finish has been brilliant. I’m very pleased.”
D & L Davies are also kept very busy working for the Police which keeps their Accident Unit fully occupied.
MORE TRUKS FOR DYNES
Dynes Recovery, the fast growing recovery company based in Dartford, will shortly take delivery of another Truk ‘California’ Slideback, which is part of a large multiple order they have placed with Truk.
This ‘California’ Slideback like it predecessors is fitted to 10 tonne GVW, Iveco Eurocargo crew cab chassis and takes the number of Truk vehicles in Dynes’ fleet to over thirty. This chassis and Slideback have been fitted out to Dynes usual high standards and include driver safety features and comforts such as air conditioning, a sun visor, and rear facing Red LED Lights fitted to the Flyer. The vehicles are also fitted out to fully comply with PAS 43.
Dynes are very happy with Truk. “We have bought Truk products for several years, and have always been pleased with the very high build quality of the ‘California’ Slidebacks. We also get a great after sales service, which is important to us, and that’s why we keep going back to them” said Andy Nock of Dynes.
Dynes have recently moved into new purpose built seven thousand square feet workshops from where they offer 24 hour servicing repairs and MOT’s. This is proving very popular with their customers.
POWERPARK AUTOS CHOOSE CALIFORNIA
Powerpark Autos Ltd, of Banbury, in Oxfordshire, have just collected a new Iveco Eurocargo fitted with a California Slideback from Truk.
Powerpark Autos have a workshop and a small body shop based in the middle of Banbury, where they service and repair customers’ cars. They have been in the recovery business for eight years and do a lot of work for some of the recovery clubs, but are keen to do more, which is one of the reasons they have bought a new vehicle to add to their existing fleet.
Their new Iveco Eurocargo has a factory crew cab and is fitted with a Truk California TSC350 Slideback and second car spectacle lift. The California has all the latest Truk features such as a pair of rear facing red Led lights that light the rear of the body when it’s extended, and a lockable cover over the controls to protect them. Truk supplied the chassis and Slideback as a complete package.
The Managing Director, of Powerpark Autos, Darren Jenkins, likes it. “The California Slideback operates very smoothly and looks good as well. The build quality is second to none. I’m very impressed. Truk have also been a great company to deal with, they have been very helpful from start to finish.”
ANOTHER TRUK SWAN NECK FOR CHANCERY GARAGE
Chancery Garage Ltd has taken delivery of a brand new 6.5 tonne GVW Iveco Daily 65C 17 crew cab, fitted with a Truk ‘Arizona’ Swan Neck Spectacle Lift. The Swan Neck Spectacle Lift has a design lifting capacity of two and half tonnes.
Neil Winney & David Welham, Directors of Chancery Garage, wanted the vehicle and chassis built exactly to their specification and chose a large number of options, including satellite navigation and air conditioning. Truk supplied the complete vehicle to their exact specification.
Chancery Garage, based in Ipswich, Suffolk, operate a repair and servicing workshop as well as a twenty-four hour service for many recovery clubs, the Police and many local main dealers and body shops. They have a fleet of vehicles ranging in size from a Ford Fiesta service van to an eighteen tonne GVW accident unit.
This new Iveco Daily ‘Arizona’ Swan Neck Spectacle Lift is the fourth vehicle they have bought from Truk. The first was another Spectacle Lift fitted to an Iveco Daily.
“We are very pleased with Truk products. We find the build quality excellent, they are very reliable and good value for money in what is a competitive market” said Neil and David.
SINCLAIR GARAGES CHOOSE TRUK
Sinclair Garages, the largest Audi and Mercedes dealer in South Wales, has taken delivery of two ‘Montana’ Twin Decks manufactured by Truk. Sinclair Garages have thirteen garages throughout South Wales and employ over five hundred people.
Rhidian Rees, Sinclair’s, Transport Manager, wanted two high quality Twin Decks to transport cars between the group’s thirteen garages and also to deliver new cars to customers. It was important to him that the Twin Decks were not only manufactured to the highest standards but that they were also well designed and attractive to the eye. Selling prestige brands such as Audi and Mercedes meant he didn’t want anything cheap and cheerful. He wanted to project a premium image to Sinclair’s customers.
Rhdian looked at a lot of Twin Decks from various manufacturers and finally decided on the ‘Montana’ from Truk. He thought it was by far and away the best looking Twin Deck he had seen and was impressed with the high standard of build quality he had seen on other Twin Decks they had produced.
The two ‘Montana’Twin decks were carefully specified by Rhidian and included various options, such as extension ramps to lower the loading angle of the ramps when needed. One was to be fitted to a Mercedes Atego chassis and the other to a MAN.
Is he happy with his Montana’s? “Extremely happy” says Rhdian, “they are great looking, well made bodies and are working well. The people at Truk were also very helpful throughout, I enjoyed working with them.”
CALIFORNIA 600 FOR SPECTRUM
Spectrum Vehicle Accident Repairs, of West Thurrock, Essex, have bought a new 12 tonne DAF LF FA 45, fitted with one of Truk’s six tonne capacity California Slidebacks.
Spectrum who have been established for twenty years, specialise in commercial vehicle accident repairs. Their main customers are large commercial vehicle fleets and insurance companies. They also do a lot of work for Harris DAF the large DAF commercial vehicle dealer. Spectrum Vehicle Accident Repairs, are very busy and Marc Watts, the owner, recently decided to expand the company to cope with the increased demand for their services and the company will shortly move to larger premises. The new DAF California Slideback will be mainly used to move large heavy vans.
Truk’s new six tonne California Slideback with two tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift is proving very popular, because more and more customers want either to move large heavy vans as Spectrum, or add a one and half or two tonne capacity Overhead Car Carrier so they can carry three vehicles.
Spectrum’s new California Slideback is 7m (23′) long and is fitted with the increasingly popular manual sliding winch mechanism. Other options chosen were orange LED marker lights fitted to the rear of the flyer, a radio remote control for the winch, a removable winch post and an additional toolbox.
Marc Watts is very impressed with his new Slideback, “I wanted it painted black and it looks terrific, its obviously been painted and finished to a very high standard. In fact the whole Slideback looks great. I particularly like the new features such the cover over the control valves and the new rear light pressing. I’m impressed and very pleased.”
NEW SLIDEBACK FOR MICHAEL DOUGLAS
Michael Douglas Auto Salvage Ltd, of Carlisle, has taken delivery of a new Truk California Slideback.
Michael Douglas, the owner, needed an additional Slideback to help with the increasing amount of business his car salvage company has to cope with. He wanted a high quality Slideback manufactured precisely to his specification. He had seen a lot of Truk’s Slidebacks and had been impressed with the quality of workmanship.
Michael chose a Mercedes Atego 815 day cab chassis; and then specified Truk’s 3.5 tonne capacity, TSC350 California Slideback, with a one and half tonne second car lift. He also wanted various California options including a winch rope post with rope support which has six positions in the floor, a detachable towing bracket, radio remote control for the hydraulic winch, Reelsmart rope-guiding device and a handbrake interlock for the PTO.
He is very pleased with the new Slideback. “I am delighted with the Truk California Slideback, it’s everything I expected it to be. A very good job.”
NEW CALIFORNIA MAN FOR MITCHELLS HIRE DRIVE
Mitchells Hire Drive, of Glasgow, Scotland, have recently taken delivery of a new MAN TGL 8.180, 7.5 tonne GVW, chassis fitted with a ‘California’ / 2 Slideback and fully independent second car lift, from Truk.
Mitchells Hire Drive is a very successful hire company operating in Scotland. They hire a wide range of vehicles including cars, vans, minibuses and 7.5 tonne GVW commercial vehicles.
Norman Pelosi, the owner of Mitchells wanted a very high quality Slideback to be fitted to his new MAN chassis. Cost was not his most important criteria. He wanted a supplier with an established reputation for producing high quality Slidebacks and one with whom he could have a body built to his exact specification. After a lot of research Norman, chose Truk. He had heard a lot of good reports about their ‘California’ Slidebacks.
The final Slideback specification was for a California TSC350, with a 3.5 tonne capacity, fitted with a 1.5 tonne Second Car Spectacle Lift, and a large number of options including amongst others, Circular LED Lights which were fitted in place of the chassis Rear Lights and Rear Running Lights, a Double Skinned Flyer, Strobe Bar Light, Manual Sliding Winch Mechanism, High Intensity LED Lights fitted to the front of the grill, Air Clutch and Radio Remote Control operation of the Winch, etc, etc including a pair of Wheel Chocks. Truk even fitted the enormous Spotlights on the cab roof.
NEW FUSO CALIFORNIA FOR SPRAYWORKS
Many companies find their needs changing as they grow, that what suited them when they were smaller no longer fits their requirements as they grow. That’s what Mark and Sue Allen, the owners of Sprayworks Ltd, a small independent body repairer of Reading, found with their recovery vehicle. Mark says, “We used to have a Fiat Ducato fitted with a beavertail body, but as we have grown we became less and less happy with it. It just wasn’t up to the job. We felt we needed a better recovery vehicle to give our customers a more professional service.
Mark spent a lot of time looking at all the various trucks and Slidebacks, which were available and decided he needed a compact seven and half tonne recovery vehicle. His final choice was a new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter day cab fitted with a Truk California TSC275 Slideback with a second car spectacle lift, stainless steel toolbox, and various other options. “A high build quality, proven reliability and value for money were very important to me,” says Mark, “and that’s why I chose the new Fuso Canter and California Slideback.”
He is delighted with what he chose. “I couldn’t be more pleased, I bought the complete vehicle through Truk and they were very helpful, nice people to do business with, nothing was too much trouble. I am very pleased with the Fuso Canter, it’s a great vehicle and I am extremely happy with the California Slideback in my opinion it’s the best Slideback in the market.”
THORNFALCON MOTORS BUY TRUK
A new 7.5 tonne GVW Mitsubishi Fuso Canter fitted with a Truk Arizona Swan Neck Spectacle Lift has been added to Thornfalcon Motors fast expanding fleet of recovery vehicles.
The Arizona TSN25 Swan Neck Spectacle Lift has a maximum design capacity of 2.5 tonnes, and an open spectacle wheel frame with integral adjustable joggled wheel spacers. The wheels of the casulaty are safely secured using Truk’s quick fit, low profile, slide on ‘Y’ type wheel retaining straps and ratchets which slot into U sections fitted to front of the wheel frame.
Thornfalcon Motors who are based near Taunton, Somerset, close to the M5, have been established for thirty-one years and have a current fleet of six recovery vehicles. Although they have a workshop where they repair, service and MOT customers’ cars, the major part of their business is recovery. A lot of the work they do is for Green Flag and that’s why the new Fuso has been painted in Green Flag’s eye-catching livery. Thornfalcon also do a lot of work for the local motor trade and for other recovery clubs.
Tony Sparrow, Thornfalcon’s owner likes Truk products. This isn’t the first he has bought. ” When I began buying new trucks I looked at a lot of different manufacturers and was impressed with Truk’s build quality, specification and price. And when I bought my first new recovery vehicle I found them very easy people to deal with and that’s why we have bought all our new trucks from them. The new Mitsubishi Fuso / Truk Swan Neck Spectacle Lift we have just bought fantastic; we love it. It’s better than we expected it to be. I am very impressed.”
NEW MIDLUMS FOR ROCHDALE RECOVERY
Rochdale Recovery, of Rochdale, has bought two new Renault Midlums fitted with Truk California Slidebacks with second car spectacle lifts.
Rochdale Recovery, established in 1980, offers a 24 hour recovery service and work for most of the major clubs. They also have a busy fully equipped workshop where they MOT and service cars and light commercials up to 3.5 tonne GVW.
The California Slidebacks fitted to the Midlums have been built to a high specification and have many options, including amongst many others, a through toolbox mounted over the winch, high intensity LED lights to the front grill, red marker lights to the rear face of the Flyer, alternating rear facing red lights to the bar light, motorcycle trough, radio remote for the winch and the full complement of kit needed for PAS 43.
Truk supplied the two Renault Midlums and California Slidebacks as a complete package. The Midlums are fitted with the 220 engines and Dave Gibson, the owner of Rochdale is impressed. “It’s a great engine and I like the cab and crew cab.” He is also very pleased with the California Slidebacks, “the standard of workmanship and attention to detail is very high, in fact I haven’t seen better, and the service from Truk was great as well, they were very helpful.”
NEW THREE CAR CARRIER FOR A S M AUTO RECYCLING
A new Mercedes 1323 fitted with a new Truk California Three Car Carrier has just joined the fleet of A S M Auto Recycling Ltd, of Aylesbury. Bucks.
A S M are Salvage Agents for most of the major insurance companies and are members of the National Salvage Group. They are looking to expand their business in end of life vehicles and also the collection of abandoned cars, a service they offer Local Authorities,. As part of their expansion plans they have recently acquired a new eight acre sight in Thame, Oxfordshire.
The Mercedes 1323, 13 tonne GVW day cab chassis, has a California Slideback five tonne 6.7m (22′) Low Approach Slideback, with a 2 tonne Overhead Car Carrier, which lies flat on the Slideback, and a 1.75 tonne Second Car Lift. It will join AMS fleet of nine vehicles and be used to collect total loss vehicles and also to expand their service to Local Authorities.
Chris Morgan, a Director of A S M, wanted a premium quality Three Car Carrier and looked at a lot of Slidebacks from different manufacturers before he choose Truk. “I’m very pleased with the California Three Car Carrier,” says Chris, “in fact Truk were recommended to me and they have lived up to their recommendation. It’s a high quality Slideback.”
NEW FUSO FOR D H PRICE
D H Price, one of the largest operators on the Isle of Wight, has taken delivery of a new 7.5 tonne GVW, Mitsubishi Fuso Canter with crew cab fitted with a Truk ‘California’ Slideback and Second Car Spectacle Lift. Truk supplied the complete package including the Fuso chassis.
Daniel Price, the owner of D H Price, needed to buy another new vehicle to cope with the expanding workload of their recovery business. This is the second California Slideback they have bought from Truk. The first one was fitted on an Iveco Daily 65C crew cab chassis. The other side of their business specialises in the repair and servicing of customers’ vehicles.
Daniel likes Truk products. “I have been very pleased with the first California Slideback I bought, I can’t fault the quality and the after sales service has been great and that’s why when I wanted another Slideback I bought another California. In my opinion they are the best Slidebacks on the market. And the latest version is even better, with the new rear facing red LED lights set into the side raves at the back of the body, the box over the control valves and the redesigned rear light pressing. They all work together to make the California look even better than it did”.
NEW SWAN NECK FOR DRS RECOVERY
A new 2.5 tonne capacity Truk Arizona Swan Neck Spectacle Lift, fitted to a 7.5 tonne GVW, Mitsubishi Fuso Canter with crew cab, has gone into service with DRS Recovery, of Newport, on the Isle of Wight.
DRS Recovery are a fast growing recovery company who do recovery work for some of the clubs and are eager to do more. They also have a busy workshop where they service, repair and MOT customer’s vehicles.
DRS have the contract to service and repair vehicles for Isle of Wight County Council, and the new Spectacle Lift will be used to collect vehicles for this contract. It will also increase DRS’s recovery capability.
The new Fuso Swan Neck recently undertook a trip to Riems, in France, to collect a Mitsubishi Shogun. Dale Whitehall, the owner of DRS Recovery, was very pleased with its performance. “Two drivers went and the trip was seven hundred miles in total and we did it from start to finish in twenty four hours. The Fuso Canter never missed a beat, you didn’t know the Shogun was on the back of the Spec Lift plus it had a lot of kit on board. And what’s more the passengers we picked up were comfortable as well. I am really, really, very impressed.”
Dale is also impressed with the 2.5 Tonne Truk Arizona Swan Neck. “It’s very powerful, and is easy to use, which is what I wanted. Many of the competitive systems are only rated at two tonnes or less and I wanted a Swan Neck that was powerful enough to do all I wanted it to do and still have some capacity in reserve.”
Dale also likes the Arizona Body, “It has masses of locker space and Truk have gone to a lot of trouble to make it look attractive as well as practical.”
Truk supplied the complete unit including the Mitsubishi Fuso, and Dale is very happy with them. “I couldn’t be happier it really is a great Spectacle lift, and Truk were a pleasure to deal with.”